Wheatridge teen killed in single-vehicle crash near Parshall
February 25, 2018
A single-vehicle crash on Saturday in western Grand County ended with one Wheatridge teenager dead and another with minor injuries as officials from the Colorado State Patrol work to understand what led to the deadly incident.
According to a press release from the state patrol, local emergency personnel were called out at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday to a single-vehicle injury crash on Highway 40 near milepost 195.5, roughly one mile west of Parshall. At the scene, investigators found a yellow 2012 International box truck had been traveling eastbound when it vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway, traveling roughly 250 feet before colliding with numerous trees.
The truck ended up in the eastbound lane, facing westwards, after sustaining "tremendous damage," according to state investigators.
At the time of the crash, 19-year-old Justin Schwear of Wheatridge was driving the vehicle. Schwear sustained minor injuries from the crash.
Riding in the vehicle at the time of the crash was 19-year-old Terren Spitz, also of Wheatridge. Spitz sustained traumatic injuries in the crash and was transported to Middle Park Medical Center in Granby where he later succumbed to his injuries.
State investigators said the incident remains under investigation though speed and impairment are not suspected as contributing factors. State officials also stated that road conditions were dry at the time of the incident and no adverse weather conditions were noted in the immediate area.
Multiple local agencies responded to the crash including the Grand County Sheriff's Office, Grand County EMS, Grand County Coroner's Office, Hot Sulphur-Parshall Fire, CDOT and CSP.